Alberta is running a test of the Emergency Alert System at 1:55 PM on March 1st. The test will go out over television, radio, websites, social media, the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app, and directly to Albertans via compatible cell phones.
The government usually runs Emergency Alert System tests in May and November of each year. The March 1st test is being done to coincide with the official start of wildfire season.
“Tests help us fix any system issues to ensure alerts work when we need them. Tests also provide a valuable opportunity for Albertans to consider their own readiness to respond to an unexpected event like a wildfire,” says Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services, Mike Ellis.
“Since Alberta created the first emergency alert system in the country more than 30 years ago, the province has issued alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster, where it’s happening, and what actions to take to stay safe.”
The province is encouraging Albertans to visit alberta.ca/BePrepared to learn more about how to prepare for any emergency. Resources are available in 10 different languages to make this information more accessible.